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    The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    Hello, I have a question.

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    The restaurant is closed now + It is at the corner. =>

    The anwer to the question is "The restaurant which is at the corner is closed."

    But is it also possible to say " The restaurant is closed which is at the corner."?

    I wonder about it because I heard that there can be a distance between an antecedent and a relative pronoun.

    Does the second sentence sound awkward?

    Thank you in advance!!

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    #2

    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    No, it's not possible to say that. It sounds very awkward.

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    #3

    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    But I sometimes see such awkward sentences, for example, "If more relics are found that show trade flourished in the territory seven or eight hundred years ago, we will..."── quoted from the English section of a Chinese newspaper.

    Does it sound awkward to native speakers but acceptable to non-native ones?

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    #4

    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    Your sentence is not awkward. It has no connection to the OP's example.

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    #5

    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    In the OP's example, the relative pronoun "which" is put after "is closed".
    In my sentence, the relative pronoun "that" is put after "are found".
    Are they in the same construction?

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    #6

    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    OK. I get your point, now. In the OP's sentence "which is at the corner" has nothing to do with "closed". In your sentence, the entire relative clause helps set the condition (if relics are found) for what follows "we will...".

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    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    In the OP's sentence, "which" refers to "restaurant".
    In my sentence, "that" refers to "relics" instead of "relics are found", correct?

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    #8

    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    "The restaurant on the corner is now closed."

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    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    Try the sentence without "are found". It would make little sense. "Are found" is an integral part of the condition.

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    Re: The restaurant is closed now which is at the corner.

    If "that" refers to "relics are found", should it say "that shows" instead of "that show"?

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